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Trends in Medical School Admissions, Curriculum, Academic Medical Careers, and Musings on the Medical School Match with Associate Dean, Dr. Anne VanGarsse

Medical schools are not only the gatekeeper to the profession but help chart the course of the entire medical profession. In this SoundPractice episode Mike Sacopulos interviews Anne VanGarsse, MD, CPE, MD, FAAP, CHCEF, the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Community Engagement and Population Health at California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is also an associate professor of pediatrics and pharmacy.

They discuss general trends in medical school admissions, (The Fauci Effect), class demographics and the applicant pool, and evolving curricula.  After an 11-year career in the private sector, Dr. VanGarsse entered academia and so she also provides insider tips for physician leaders who may consider an academic career path.  The conversation also addresses the Match Day process and the collective cause for concern for the lack of residency slots and the work that remains.


Sleep, Health, and Healthcare with Marty Martin

Few would argue that the lack of sleep has detrimental effects upon performance.  Unfortunately, the healthcare industry has taken the “sleep is important for others” approach to operations and staffing.  In this episode of SoundPractice, we speak with Marty Martin a nationally recognized behavioral sleep expert and DePaul University professor.  His website,, is a go to resource for numerous industry leaders when addressing optimal performance of their staff.  This episode looks at chronotypes, microbreaks, smartphones, and physician call coverage.  Marty Martin’s practical guidance to sleep offers useable information for both patients and physicians.

Dr. Martin mentions It is a go to resource for numerous industry leaders when addressing optimal performance of their staff.

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Your Game Plan and Frontal Cortex: Strategic Thinking with Brooke Albright

Your Game Plan and Frontal Cortex:  Strategic Thinking with Brooke Albright

Key to any shift in behavior is the understanding of how positive behavior change works in the body, brain, and mind.  In truth, the neuropsychological elements of strategic thinking play out in important and often unexpected ways in our daily lives.  Brooke Albright, MA, Founder of Conscious Healthcare Consulting, has designed a self-study course on The Neuropsychology of Strategic Thinking for the AAPL. Join us on this episode of SoundPractice for a look at executive brain function, brain anatomy, and how subjective experiences shape our strategic thinking.  Ms. Albright provides an approachable and meaningful way for physician leaders to “start where you are” in understanding strategic thinking in terms of neuropsychological principles.

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Positive Disruption in Healthcare: Dr. Philip Powell’s Clarion Call to Physician Leaders

Philip Powell, PhD, is Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Powell teaches economics and international business including the Kelley School's Physician MBA Program, a 21-month physician-only MBA.  In this SoundPractice episode, Dr. Powell talks about educating the next generation of physician leaders stressing that they have the mindset and skills to improve healthcare delivery, he shares interesting case studies of physicians who have changed their systems, and he discusses the need for common language and metrics surrounding compensation and value-based care. His message is one of hope and possibility.  Finally, Host Mike Sacopulos and Dr. Powell discuss the new alliance between the American Association for Physician Leadership and the Kelley School of Business.

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The Blackwell Sisters: Physician Leadership and Courage

Here at SoundPractice, we became aware of Janice Nimura’ s latest book, “The Doctors Blackwell,” after a recent review of the book in The Wall Street Journal.  Janice P. Nimura. M.A. received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on The Doctors Blackwell. The book examines the life and education of the first female physician in the United States.  Nineteenth Century pioneers and practitioners, Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell helped educate a generation of female physicians and establish the emergence of women leadership in the medical community. Ms. Nimura walks us through life at antebellum medical colleges, public health of the time, changes in medical school education, and the education of women physicians, since the early 1900s. If current events have you in need of inspiration, or if you are interested in good storytelling, this is the podcast for you.

The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

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Mindfulness and Healthcare: A Discussion with Laurie Cameron

Laurie J. Cameron, mindful leadership expert, is the National Geographic author of the bestselling “The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm and Joy from Morning to Evening.”  A student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for over twenty-five years and the founder and CEO of PurposeBlue Mindful Leadership - Laurie integrates emotional intelligence, positive psychology, mindfulness, compassion, and neuroscience into practical strategies for flourishing in conscious, intentional workplaces. Formerly an Accenture Change Management Leader, Laurie is a keynote and TEDx speaker in the US, Europe and Asia.

In this episode of SoundPractice, Host Mike Sacopulos discusses with Ms. Cameron the benefits mindfulness brings to the practice of medicine.  Neurobiology and evidence-based science form the foundation of this interview.  Cameron offers both useful techniques and insights directed at healthcare leaders and provides the SoundPractice listeners with useful tools to get started in mindfulness practice. (below)

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The Awful, No Good, Very Bad Employee: New Book on The Problem Employee

In this podcast episode, Mike Sacopulos interviews Laura Hills, D.A.  Dr. Hills is well known for her programs, books, and articles, and notably, has been the staff development columnist for The Journal of Medical Practice Management since 1998.  Her newest book is, The Problem Employee:  How to Manage the Employees No One Wants to Manage.

Dr. Hills says, “Wouldn’t it be great if you never had a problem employee? But we must be realistic. If human beings are involved, there will be problems.” 

Many healthcare executives find the task of managing problem employees to be challenging, time-consuming, and a vexing test of their leadership ability and patience.  As you will hear in this interview, Laura Hills describes the choices that healthcare leaders must make:  To respond emotionally to the problem employee, or to respond strategically.

Designed specifically for healthcare executives, The Problem Employee, presents complete, clear, how-to-do-it strategies for managing problem employees and delves into 17 of the most challenging and diabolical problem employees that healthcare leaders are likely to encounter. 

This is the book healthcare executives will need whether they find themselves supervising a toxic, untrustworthy, pessimistic, burned out, lazy, overworked, cliquish, or childish employee -- or whether they manage a prima donna, a drama queen, a bully, a gossip, or even a slob.

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Dr. Peter Hotez on COVID-19 (Bonus SoundPractice Episode)

Peter Hotez MD Ph.D. is professor of pediatrics and molecular virology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development and Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics. He is a vaccine scientist who led the development of vaccines to prevent and treat neglected tropical diseases and coronavirus infections.

Mike Sacopulos interviews Dr. Hotez on his recommendations as we emerge from the COVID-19 “Eye of the Storm,” a discussion on emerging variants and vaccine development status, and the critical situation of vaccine hesitancy among physicians and healthcare workers.  He also registers an alarm on the disparities of the vaccine rollout – both in vaccine hesitancy and vaccine unavailability in minority groups.  He goes on to describe the targeting of minority groups by anti-vaccine messaging and the role of social media (and other organizations) in that effort.

Finally, Peter Hotez provides talking points for physician leaders on understanding their role during this pandemic, the importance of recognizing the enormous pressures that physicians and healthcare workers are facing – emotional, mental, and physical – and how physician executives and leaders can help.


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Successful Hiring, Onboarding, and Retention of Physicians

Susan Quirk is a Managing Director with Three-Sixty Advisory Group and has more than 25-years of experience partnering across healthcare organizations to improve key metrics by overcoming a myriad of issues related to engagement, productivity, recruitment, retention, and patient experience from the C-suite to the front line. 

In this practical podcast interview, Susan Quirk flags the most common mistakes that organizations make when onboarding (or not onboarding) physicians, the importance of fit of the physician in both company structure and strategy, the list of reasons why physicians leave organizations, and the importance of peer mentors.  Her formula to minimize the involuntary turnover of physicians is important for all physician leaders to hear.

Susan Quirk is Managing Director at Three - Sixty Advisory Group

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Dr. Michael Osterholm on COVID-19 (Bonus SoundPractice Episode)

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at The University of Minnesota. 

One of the most sought-out experts on the pandemic, and a member of the COVID-19 Transition Advisory Board set up by Joe Biden, Dr. Osterholm has accurately predicted the trajectory of the novel virus.  In this 30-minute episode, Mike Sacopulos interviews Dr. Osterholm on his perspective of the next three months and what leaders in health systems will encounter, the status on the highly mutated variant strains already being seen in other countries, and efficacy of the existing vaccines on the variant strains.  He also explains the “moon shot” of the COVID-19 vaccine development, field trials, approval process through the FDA, and manufacturing, all happening simultaneously.

Physician leaders need to consider the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of physicians and healthcare workers as they make suggestions to slow the transmission of the virus in our communities. Ongoing prevention and vaccines, including reassurance that no short cuts or skipped steps were taken in the of “Project Warp Speed” is crucial messaging to combat the 30%-40% of healthcare workers hesitant to be vaccinated.

Lastly, Osterholm discusses the “Fauci Effect” and the spike in interest in medical school and health careers in public health and epidemiology, inspired by front-line health workers.

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